Two years, dear Sweet T, it was with great joy and the anxiousness of first time parents that you came into your Daddy’s and my life. If only I could convey how much you mean to us, and how much we love you!
You are talking so well now to the extent that we are having conversations of sorts. It is quite amazing, as it has happened almost over night. You went from mostly two and three word sentences to four and five. Anything from, “teacher says don’t do that,” and “mommy hair in it, get i' out,” to “here ‘scotti tat, teat, teat,” “catch you daddy outside,” and “play with play-dough in T’s room.” These examples don’t show it, but you have been working on your grammar and new grammatically correct, or experimental grammar changes, are popping up in your talking.
You say “pweeze” and “thank-you”, usually prompted, but sometimes not. A couple of times you have come out with, “yes ma’am,” or “thank you ma’am”! You occasionally say “‘scuse me”, and we’re working on “good morning”.
Although you rarely say it, sometimes you will say “night-night”, or “g’night.” You have started in the last several weeks saying, “it’s late,” usually when we are in the car coming home from something and you are a little tired and ready for food.
You’ve recently starting requesting items by saying, “I want some **,” usually milk, sometimes food. This replaced the one word demands (“milk!!”), but has not made the requests much less demanding or pleading in tone.
You are really good with your fork now, and a couple of times you have tried cutting something into a smaller piece with your fork. You still eat with your hands, often while holding the fork. I forget when you started with a fork, but it seems a very long time ago now. You still try to put too much food in your mouth, and you have the annoying habit of splitting out an entire mouthful when you decide it is too much. Thanks largely to school you are very good about washing your hands before you eat, and have become particular about washing your hands and face after you eat. “wash hands… and face!”
You love to run and jump, climb on the coach and futon, hide behind the curtains, and to be chased and tickled. In the last week or so you have started to tickle us – arms out straight little hands wiggling and a huge grin on your face. You like chasing us as well, but whether you want to chase us or have us chase you, it can be hard to determine. “Mommy chase you,” can mean either I chase you, or you chase me.
You are very quiet when you hide, so that yesterday I literally jumped and squeaked when I came through a door way and you and daddy surprised me. You have also made me nervous hiding in the house and at Omi and Granpa George’s’.
You are incredibly good with names, something you don’t get from me. You know all your classmates names, which parent goes with which child and even some of their names. You know all the teachers in the school I think, or at least half of them, and many or most of the student teachers names. You remember the names of kids you meet at the park and refer to them after the fact. You know both your familiar and formal names, including last name, and will say them when asked. The other day you even told someone your age!
You can say the ABC’s wonderfully, though the end of the song is a bit garbled, and you can count to 10. Counting above 10 is funny as you pick random numbers to repeat. You count to 6 when we play hide and seek and you are quite good about it. You can also, most times, tell the difference between a number and letter, though you aren’t totally there yet.
You love animals and know a ton of them including animals like lemur, meercat, and Guinea pig. You have a long love of flamingos and elephants. You know what most animals say, though some of them we have had to flub at (giraffe? rabbit?) You can still do sign language for some of the animals like elephant, monkey, and gorilla.
Your new favorite books are the Curious George books we got you for your birthday, though the Seuss Dinosaur one Grandma Penny got you you like a lot too. You still like the Dick and Jane collection of stories, and board books like Polar Bear Polar Bear and Goodnight Gorilla, as well as the early readers of Pickles the Firecat and Danny and the Dinosaur.
You love to play with Play-Dough (mostly just smooshing it), to draw with crayons, throw a big rubber ball with Daddy and I, to run to us, to be picked up and turned upside down, and to play blue-blob where we giggle under your blue blanket.
You are very social and will easily approach other kids to play. You are very exuberant about it so that some shyer kids are a bit put off, but mostly you approach older kids and they usually smile, if somewhat awkwardly. Yesterday you went up to a 5 year old at the park and said, “Hi! Hi boy.” I suggested you ask him if you could play with him, and you dutifully repeated with a big smile, “Hi, can I pay w’you?”